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Oubliette (Cloud Prophet Trilogy #2)

Oubliette - Megg Jensen Read this review at Smash Attack Reads! http://www.smashattackreads.com/2011/11/oubliette-great-installment-in.htmlSmashtastic Synopsis: Reychel finds herself free of slavery, but freedom comes at a high price in this world. Reychel's special gift is causing her much stress as an entire kingdom is depending on her to be their savior. Unfortunately, no one alive or available is able to teach Reychel how to control her gift, and her visions are quite sporadic. However, Reychel has one resource available to her: ancient journals from the original prophet. Will his words lead Reychel down the path to prophet extraordinaire, or bring her kingdom to its end? Interest in the book: I was so impressed with Anathema, and knew I would continue the trilogy. Severed is coming out soon, so I decided to get to it! Characters: Reychel is a pretty great young lady. She is compassionate, smart, steadfast and brave. She is completely lost about how to use her power, but refuses to stand by while a kingdom dies. Mark remains an important person in Reychel’s life, and I enjoyed his role in this book.We are introduced to many new characters, and I must say that Krissin is the most interesting. She is equal parts intriguing and infuriating. I can’t wait to figure her out in Severed. I can’t forget our ancient but not forgotten prophet, Zelor, who lives on in his cryptic journals. He provides some nice drama to the story.Worldbuilding: I enjoy how Oubliette begins immediately where Anathema left off. Reychel is running for her life, along with Nemison, the only person alive who can help Reychel learn how to control her gift. Or is it a curse? Unfortunately, Nemison is captured but not before he opens a portal and sends Reychel in to hiding. The world expands in this installment as Reychel is whisked off to another part of the kingdom and meets an entirely new set of faces of which she must decide are friend or foe. We are also introduced to the use of portals, and they play a tricky role in this story.Lasting Impressions: I will admit that I did not enjoy this book as much as the first, mainly due to the change in scenery and introduction of a new cast of characters. I was definitely looking forward to more character and relationship development with Reychel and Mark, and I just didn’t get it. That being said, the story is still just as interesting, and I look forward to Severed. I said this in my review of Anathema, but I think lovers of Kristin Cashore’s Seven Kingdoms books will enjoy this series. Smashtastic Entertainment Scale: Great Potential